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09/27/2015 - 01:25

“We are Generation Zero Hunger, committed to creating a world where no child, no woman, no man goes hungry even for a single day,” Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said following a packed gathering in New York of youth leaders from around the world, as well as prominent political, business and civil society figures. “We have everything we need – the tools, the technology, the people.

NEW YORK – While a hunger-free world is within reach, a global movement of dedicated individuals and organizations is needed to achieve it within the next 15 years, the head of the world’s largest humanitarian agency said today.
09/06/2015 - 12:09

[story|647834|647156|647025]It begins with them: singer and co-founder Bono, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Italian and Irish Ministers of Agriculture Maurizio Martina and Simon Coveney, and the Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin participated in an event organised by the governments of Italy and Ireland in support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

"It begins with me. How the world can end hunger in our lifetime" was the theme of the Sunday 6 September event that saw the participation of Bono, the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin. 
07/31/2015 - 09:47

Executive Director makes first visit to Tajikistan

During her meetings with key government counterparts, including the Prime Minister of Tajikistan, as well as the Minister of Health and Social Protection and the Minister of Education, Cousin commended the Government of Tajikistan for prioritising food security and nutrition in the country’s National Development Strategy. She focused on WFP's continued commitment to working with the Government to support Tajikistan’s goal to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth and improved living standards for all.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, met with leading government officials at the Regional South and Central Asia Consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit and visited the Shaartuz District on a four-day trip to Tajikistan the week of 22 July.
07/17/2015 - 09:50

The leaders of the three Rome-based United Nations (UN) agencies gathered in Addis Ababa on 15 July at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to discuss their joint report, “Zero Hunger: The Critical Role of Investments in Agriculture and Social Protection”.

Achieving Zero Hunger: The World Food Programme (WFP), The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) urge greater investment to end global hunger and poverty.
06/18/2015 - 23:59

We cannot achieve zero hunger if we do not tackle climate change.  Climate- related environmental disasters such as floods and droughts increase food insecurity and malnutrition when agricultural land is affected  and essential food supplies are too often destroyed.
Erratic climate activity disproportionally impacts the most vulnerable people, especially women and children -- ultimately putting hundreds of millions of people at risk. Studies show by 2050, climate change could increase the risk of hunger and child malnutrition by up to 20 percent.

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme. ROME - The UN World Food Programme applauds Pope Francis’ call for urgent action to address climate change and its impact on the world’s hungry, poor people.